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by Peter Moskos

June 17, 2009

Baltimore Crime Stats

Peter Hermann writes about playing with the numbers and the problem of accurate reporting.
"I would suspect this goes on in most police departments," Busnuk told me. "Others don't have the crime problem that we do and don't have the political pressure. But this kind of reporting is built into the DNA of the police system."
Kind of like how Detroit accidentally forgot to tell the FBI about 117 murders last year. Oh... those 117 murders!

Those 117 Detroit killings are significant in that they push Balto from the not-so-coveted big-city homicide winner's circle. Once again, Baltimore is number two and, in the words of some police, "shooting for number ones."

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